NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Naylor hit a two-run single and Mike Zunino drew a go-ahead, bases-loaded walk in a three-run, ninth-inning rally that lifted the Cleveland Guardians over the reeling New York Yankees 3-2 on Monday night.
After AL MVP Aaron Judge became the latest in a string of Yankees stars on the injured list, Domingo Germán took a one-hitter and a 2-0 lead into the ninth. But New York lost for the sixth time in eight games and dropped to 15-15, the Yankees’ first time at .500 since they were 1-1.
Steven Kwan singled with one out, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone was booed when he went to the mound to bring in Clay Holmes.
The reliever bobbled Amed Rosario’s dribbler to the third-base side for an error and allowed a single to José Ramírez that loaded the bases.
Naylor, taunted by Yankees fans during last year’s Division Series, singled to right for Holmes’ second blown save in six chances.
Wandy Peralta relieved and walked Josh Bell, reloading the bases, then struck out Andrés Giménez. Zunino fouled off a pair of full-count sinkers, then took an inside changeup.
Enyel De Los Santos (2-0) got the final two outs of the eighth in relief of Cal Quantrill, throwing one pitch and picking off a runner. Emmanuel Clase got three straight outs for his 10th save in 12 chances.
Germán allowed just two runners before the ninth, on a one-out single in the first to Rosario and a leadoff walk to Bell in the fifth. The right-hander struck out six and walked one.
New York scored three runs or fewer for the 14th time in 18 games. In addition to Judge, the Yankees’ injury-depleted lineup also is missing Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and Harrison Bader.
Jose Trevino hit his third homer of the season leading off the third, a 425-foot drive into the left-field bleachers on a changeup from Quantrill, who gave up six hits in 7 1/3 innings. Anthony Rizzo walked with one out and scored on a single by DJ LeMahieu, who was in a 1-for-17 slide.
Boone said he briefly addressed the team after Sunday’s 15-2 defeat in Texas.
“We’re going through a tough stretch right now,” he recalled as his message. “We’re beat up. But it’s like, we’ve got to focus on the here and the now and the day and being the best we can. You can’t start trying to make up games. And I’d say the same thing if we were eight games up.”
Guardians: LHP Sam Hentges, on the IL since spring training with a sore shoulder, is to pitch Tuesday for Triple-A Columbus following a Sunday rainout. He then could be activated.
Yankees: Judge (right hip) can be activated May 8. … CF Harrison Bader (left oblique) could be activated later this series. … RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain) is to throw 45-50 pitches Wednesday for Class A Tampa and could be back with the Yankees in two to three weeks. … RHP Jonathan Loáisiga will have arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow Tuesday and likely will be sidelined until August.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (5-0, 1.11 ERA) starts Tuesday night against Tanner Bibee (1-0, 1.59), a 24-year-old right-hander who beat Colorado in his big league debut last week, allowing one run and six hits over 5 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.